By now, probably most everyone in the 918 area has heard that we will be getting a new area code. It will no longer be simply 918. Now we will be adding area code 539. The hardest part for most of us will be getting adjusted to using a 10 digit phone number every time we call. To ensure that we are all ready for the new area code and 10 digit calling, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission has set up a practice period before the 10 digit calling is required. Keep these dates in mind:
July 7, 2010- You should have received a notice in the mail with dates and information about the new area code.
August 7, 2010- "Permissive Calling Period Begins"- you can call using 7 or 10 digits.
March 5, 2011- "Permissive Calling Period Ends"- you will now be required to use the 10 digit number.
April 1, 2011- New 539 area codes will be available. You can also request a 918 area code phone number if one is available.
Spring 2012- 918 area code phone numbers are expected to run out.
The same long distance rules will apply for the 539 area code. Simply put, if you can call a 918 area code now without long distance, you will be able to call 918 or 539 without long distance. If you pay long distance to call 918, then you will also pay for the 539 area code
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